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Auckland City

Waitakere United


ASB Premiership - Round 11
Kiwitea Street, Auckland
Saturday 2 Feb, 2013


Alex Feneridis 11' 
Manel Exposito 48'

 Luiz Del Monte 43'
Roy Krishna 59'
Tim Myers 74'



Halftime:1-1                       Referee:Matt Conger                                Crowd:1876 


Waitakere take Super City honours

by Bob Pearce at Kiwitea St

AUCKLAND - Waitakere United continued their dominance of the ASB Premiership with a come-from-behind 3-2 win against Auckland City at Kiwitea St.

The victory, hard-earned but well deserved, moves the West Aucklanders 10 points clear at the top of the table overnight.
And it leaves Auckland City vulnerable to slipping behind Hawkes Bay United if the Bay can take three points off Otago United in Dunedin.
Before the biggest crowd of the season in perfect conditions, the home team were in control for the first half hour and they took the lead in the 11th minute when Alex Feneridis curled a perfect freekick from the edge of the area into the top corner with goalie Danny Robinson a spectator.
Auckland promised more as Waitakere were struggling to keep possession, relying on sporadic raids by Roy Krishna and Allan Pearce.
But just before the break the visitors were level in somewhat murky circumstances. Luiz Del Monte, back in the starting lineup, fired in a cross almost from the agapanthus bushes on the right flank.

Tamati Williams battled to get to the ball through a posse of attackers at the near post and it eluded them all to finish in the net.
Five minutes after the restart Auckland were ahead again when Manel Exposito profited from a Tim Myers mistake and calmly slotted the ball past Danny Robinson.

Again the home fans – and there were more than two a couple of thousand -- regained their confidence.
But Waitakere were a different side in the second spell, retaining possession and upping the pressure on the home defence.

The payoff came when Ryan De Vries created space on the right and his cross was guided home from an acute angle by Krishna.
The winner was hardly a classic but it’s goals rather than finesse that counts in these encounters.

Auckland struggled to clear a right-wing corner, Pedro Garcia cleared a header by substitute Milos Nikolic off the line only for Myers to stab the ball in for his third goal in two games.
But for an errant offside call Pearce could have made it four a few minutes later and there was one last-gasp chance for  Manel Exposito that singed the outside of the Waitakere goal.
Two casualties of the game were Krishna, who struggled off with a hamstring twinge with 15 minutes to go, and Feneridis, who was given his marching orders after receiving a red card in time added on.
“They weren’t the prettiest goals we scored. But we scored three,” was Waitakere coach Paul Marshall’s snappy summing-up.
“In the first half we gave away too much in the midfield. We fixed that at halftime and we kept the ball better in the back four. Fitness played a bit of a part. You can’t keep pushing for 90 minutes.”
Auckland coach Ramon Tribulietx was philosophical, as always.
“We didn’t defend well enough and we conceded two very soft goals,” he said. “We need to move on and make sure we come back.”
Auckland’s defeat was there first in 24 regular season Premiership games.

The last time they were beaten by Waitakere at Kiwitea St was November 7, 2010.
It doesn’t get any easier.

On Wednesday they play Team Wellington before heading to the Capital on Sunday for the return fixture.


Team Sheet

Auckland City


Waitakere United

12 Tamati Williams (GK)

1 Danny Robinson (GK)

2 Simon Arms

2 Aaron Scott

15 Ivan Vicelich

4 Tim Myers

8 Chris Bale

5 Brian Shelley

13 Alex Feneridis

8 Chad Coombes (Beguely 84)

17 Pedro Garcia (Browne 86)

10 Allan Pearce

16 Albert Riera

12 Roy Krishna (Stansfield 72)

14 Adam Dickinson

16 Tristan Prattley

11 Daniel Koprivcic (Tade 72)

17 Jake Butler

9 Manel Exposito

20 Ryan De Vries

22 Andrew Milne

11 Luiz Del Monte (Nikolic 46)



20 Emiliano Tade

21 Dylan Stansfield

5 Gustavo Souto

23 Masaki Nomoto

1 Jacob Spoonley (RGK)

28 Alex Carr (RGK)

21 David Browne

9 Milos Nikolic

3 Takuya Iwata

3 Jack Beguely


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play


Halftime: Auckland City 1 Waitakere United 1.

Apologies for the disruption. A connection error has wiped the first half, but to recap, Alex Feneridis beat Danny Robinson with a beautifully flighted free kick in the 11th minute to give Auckland the lead in a half they mostly dominated. The equaliser for Waitakere came in the 43rd minute from a Luiz Del Monte cross that eluded Tamait Williams who was under pressure from Allan Pearce.

Ivan Vicelich got a yellow card for protesting the decision in the aftermath of the goal to join Brian Shelley, Manel Exposito and Del Monte in Matt Conger's book.

Halftime change for Waitakere, Del Monte off, Nikolic on.

47 mins

Krishna cross finds Butler, shot just wide

48 mins

Williams scoops ball off De Vries toe

48 mins

GOAL! Dickinson cross, Exposito finishes.

50 mins

Yellow card Arms tackle

55 mins

Yellow card Coombes

59 mins

GOAL! Cross by De Vries, Krishna manages to stretch and poke home from an acute angle

60 mins

Yellow card Milne

66 mins

Indirect freekick for Waitakere in box for high foot.

67 mins

Shot taken by Pearce, rebounds for corner

69 mins

Freekick to Auckland wide left. Garcia takes cleared off line

70 mins

Krishna grabs hamstring after counter-attack foiled. Taken off, everyone having a drink.

72 mins

Subs Stansfield for Krishna, Tade for Koprivcic 

74 mins

Early touch for Stansfield, blocked by goalie for corner.

 GOAL! Myers last man in after goalmouth scramble after corner. 

77 mins

Souto on for Dickinson.

79 mins

Pearce shoots, ends up in clubrooms.

82 mins

Ball in net by Coombes but offside

Waitakere beginning to dominate as Auckland get anxious.

84 mins

Coombes off Beguely on

86 mins

Garcia off Browne on

89 mins

Freekick on edge of area to Waitakere after high foot. Feneridis on ball. Over the bar.

90 mins

Four mins to be added

90 plus three

Exposito shot just wide of top right. That's the game.

RED CARD Feneridis for studs up tackle.

Final whistle and Waitakere are nearly minor champions.